Group gathers 300 bags of trash

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Despite cooler temperatures and windy weather, volunteers were out on Wednesday morning to participate in the “Toss No Mas” cleanup campaign. More than 300 bags of trash were picked up by volunteers from the New Mexico Department of Transportation, the city of Portales, Eastern New Mexico University and Portales […]

It’s their job: Monica Calamaco

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Name: Monica Calamaco Job: Retired Senior Volunteer Program Director Time on the Job: 11 months Background: Before moving to Portales from Arizona, Calamaco was a stay-at-home mom and a part-time bookkeeper for a farm. Q. Describe what your job entails? A. I run the RSVP program. I oversee 72 […]

Council helps repair storm damaged homes

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers Cleo Helker knew it was a matter of time before living in tornado alley would catch up with him. Helker’s Sheldon Street home suffered extensive wind damage to the roof during the March 23 tornado that blew through Clovis. Helker, 75, who is disabled, said he and his wife have […]

Volunteers invade Grande Vida

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Twisted steel and scrap are jumbled everywhere you look on the Grande Vida Dairy east of Portales. Pens that once held 2,500 head of Holstein dairy cows are empty except for the debris. The remains of the milking barn were being pulled down Saturday in the first step of […]

Salvation army volunteers to ring this weekend

Freedom Newspapers Salvation Army volunteers will be ringing for tornado restoration donations this weekend. The nonprofit’s signature Red Kettles, which are traditionally used for Christmas, will be set up at locations throughout Clovis and Portales. According to Salvation Army officials, funds collected will be used to feed families affected by the March 23 tornado that […]

United Way seeks volunteers

Freedom Newspapers The United Way of Eastern New Mexico is seeking volunteers to serve on a fund distribution panel. The panel will be responsible for reviewing applications submitted by area programs and recommending funding levels, According to Executive Director Erinn Burch, according to Executive Director Erinn Burch. “We (United Way) need people to help us […]

Fireworks for the birds

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor With the participants armed, watches synchronized and everyone issued portable two-way radios, it could have been a scene out of a caper movie. Instead the plan was a bit of bird roosting aversion therapy. More than 25 volunteers gathered Wednesday evening at the Roosevelt County Courthouse for a briefing […]

Oasis Park receives award

By Casey Peacock Recently honored with the “Exemplary Park” award, Oasis State Park will host the 16th annual “Kids Fishing Clinic” from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Honored at an awards banquet in October, Oasis received the award based upon the park’s overall performance and commitment to providing a quality place for visitors […]

United Way sets event

What: United Way of Eastern New Mexico Day of Caring When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday Where: Greene Acres Park Why: To provide local organizations with volunteer assistance while promoting the spirit of caring throughout the community. Overview: United Way Executive Director Erinn Burch said the Big Brothers Big […]

Foster grandparent program benefits many in community

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer For some families, grandparents are the ties that bind a family together. But that blood-bond isn’t there for every child. In Portales that’s where a special group of volunteers steps up to the plate. Today is Grandparents Day and local school faculty and staff from the Community Services Center […]